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Dog Lost

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  550 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
You can't judge a dog by its cover: The heroic story of a sweet, loyal pit bull pup that defies expectations and her breed's reputation to save the day--and the boy she loves! 11-year-old Mackenzie has got one friend in the whole world: Cash, his brown-eyed pit bull. His dad won the runt after a long night of gambling--ever since Mack's mom died, that's all he seems to do, ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Chicken House (first published January 7th 2008)
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Nov 06, 2008 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, animals
The plot of Dog Lost reads like a list of clichés. Twelve-year-old Mackenzie is given a pit bull puppy by his alcoholic, abusive father, who then loses his temper with the animal and throws it out. The bewildered pup learns to live on the streets, brings a touch of magic to the lonely, falls foul of a dog-fighting ring and saves a few lives. Meanwhile, the council is voting on a motion to ban this dangerous breed from the borough...

Ingrid Lee's prose style, however, keeps the story fresh and eng
Jan 13, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and heartwarming story of love and loyalty. Too often in the news we hear that pit bulls are vicious and dangerous. What we don't hear often enough are the stories of their heroic behavior; how they've saved their owner from a burning house, protected their human from someone who was abusing them, or took a bullet that was meant for someone else. Having shared my life with a sweet pit bull named Beau, (who is my profile picture), I know that their love and loyalty has no bounds and their ...more
A.J. Llewellyn
Jun 28, 2010 A.J. Llewellyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 17, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, pets-animals, juv
I'll admit, the cover reminded me of my dog, so I bought it. Overall, I think this was a very good book. Several important topics are brought up to the reader:
1. the somewhat blind fear that some individuals have toward
the pit bull breed;
2. the discriminatory laws that some towns/cities adopt that
ban or have the breed killed without provocation;
3. The arguments the breed's proponents have toward punishing
negligent or criminal owners instead of the breed;
4. the cruelty and harsh actions tha
Pamela Kramer
Jul 17, 2011 Pamela Kramer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dog Lost is one of the best children's book I have ever read. And that's saying something as I have read hundreds and hundreds of middle aged children's fiction.

In Dog Lost, Ingrid Lee manages to weave a complex tale which has a dog and a young boy, his love, at the center. There are other important characters and all the characters are fully developed in terms of what is needed by the story. And it's quite a story.

A boy who lives with an abusive father gets a gift of a dog that the father wins
Amber Thomas
Jan 29, 2016 Amber Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book dog lost is about a dog named cash and boy named Mackenzie. Both of them face the world and have fun until Makenzies dad tossed cash out into the woods. Cash need to learn how to survive in the woods and Makenzie tries to find cash. They both face obstacles along the way. You need to read the story to learn more
Jes Jones
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Ana Miriam
It's a book about a misunderstood pit bull, and if you're a dog lover, it is an easy read, you can relate to.
Emma Bauer
Sep 20, 2015 Emma Bauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 24, 2015 Riley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reading Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee, Mckenzie is a little boy who has a gambling dad who is always drunk. Mckenzie's dad throws a wet and cold bundle on the bed. Mckenzie finally has the courage to investigate what it is. Mckenzie finds 4 little legs, 1 tail, and 2 ears. Mckenzie names her Cash. The setting takes place in a city. Mckenzie's dad decides Cash is to much money to keep and throws her out. Cash has to fend for herself and find her way around the city. Cash is willing to do anything t ...more
Jun 10, 2016 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog-read
This book is geared towards young people, but like so many of these books, it should be read as many people as possible.
It is most certainly feel-good book but it does have a lot of rough spots that are true and necessary to the story. I loved it!
That said, it's time for more than one reality check;

I am sorry but pitts , in general, are just too dangerous. It is not the fault of the dogs, Lord knows. Is the fault of those who breed them. If you look at an advertisement from a breeder it always d
Daquane Brown
Apr 25, 2012 Daquane Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book I come to realize how precious a dog can be to a child. Reading this book I also realized how parents can change a lot, such as Mackenzie's father changing his habits when his mother passed away, and also when his father got the dog for him, it seem nice at first until he wanted the done gone. I mean how can you possibly show love to your child by getting him a pet that you won off of a gamble, so it's not like it was intentional for him to get the pit bull for his son. ...more
Meghan Mcmanis
Dog Lost was a great story about a young boy named Mackenzie and his faithful companion Cash. One day his dad comes into his room and puts a dog on his bed, its a pit bull. Mackenzie names him Cash and they become best friends, Mack tells Cash everything, about his mom dying, trouble at school, his half brother, and so much more. Mackenzie's father unfortunately is an alcoholic and doesnt treat Mack and his half brother Kid with much respect. Kid is always out late and doesnt get along with thei ...more
Cole Manning
May 15, 2013 Cole Manning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Dog Lost is a great book about a pitbull named Cash, who goes through some hard times. Mack's dad won the dog while he was playing poker and gave her to Mack. At first Mack and Cash did not know what to think of eachother that night but began to love eachother from the start. Mack's dad did not really like the dog in the first place, so when the dog did something bad he wanted to kill her.

Mack could not go anywhere with out getting yelled at. The first time Mack and Cash went to the par
Jul 31, 2010 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-12 year olds who are obsessed with dogs.
Recommended to Kim by: My daughter
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Mrs. Hassig
Jan 23, 2016 Mrs. Hassig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is it with me and sad dog books? I have such a strong feeling for dogs and what they give to humans in their beautiful and unconditional way. I have to always remember that not everyone is a good human being and that probably 95% of those beings that have a dog as a pet have no clue how to treat them. In my home they are treated as family and in this book "Cash" has a hard time finding a good home but he's so darn smart it finally happens! I would take him into my home any day!
Jul 11, 2016 Sonya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
The author does present a compelling case to accept all breeds of dogs, especially pit bulls, as useful. The many threads that she weaves throughout the book are important and play a part in its completion.
It's not your typical story of boy and dog friendship. Its interworkings of life, family, and choices reflect the dynamics of real life.
The book introduced several deeper issues: dog fighting, obedience, community control of pet ownership, that brought other discussions.
Catherine Holden
May 04, 2014 Catherine Holden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fave-books
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Mary Jherene
Nov 26, 2012 Mary Jherene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read is called "Dog Lost" by Ingrid Lee. The reason why I chose this book is because when i read the summary, it was fantastic. The plot of this story is Will Cash ever find her boy again? Cash does find her owner when they were saving her from drowning. My favorite quote is, "Cash, come here, Cash. There's a good girl. I love you, Cash." The reason why I liked this quote is because it shows how much Cash's owner loves her. I think the author's writing style is amazing because the aut ...more
Emma J
Feb 12, 2015 Emma J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't quite remember heaps about this book as I read it back in middle school, but I do know i absolutely fell in love with it. I was thinking about my love for it today, and have decided to go hunt for it in my piles and piles of boxes in my basement filled to the max with books. Now this is kind of an elementary read, but nevertheless its amazing and any dog lover should read and cry over it.
Judy Adams
Even though it is a junior fiction book, I enjoyed it quite a bit. The story Of young Mackenzie and Cash is about a boy and a dog, and a home life not so great. Sad but yet endearing, any young boy would love this book. Even though Cash is a pit bull, sometimes you just need to look past what people say, just ask the people who have one.
Abby Evangelisto
The most bittersweet book I've ever read. The hatred and cruelty toward both the people and animals is difficult to read, but there is always a hidden undercurrent of hope during even the darkest of circumstances. The heroic actions of Cash the pit bull, the kindness of Abbey the cancer patient, the determination of Mackenzie to find his dog, and the sad situation of the dog-fighter's nephew combine to create a wonderful novel. It's so great how the whole cast comes together at the seemingly hop ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Trever rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Mack's dad comes home with a puppy she is excited. Cash is a very little dog. He was won by Mack's owner in a poker tournament. Her dad is an alcoholic. He is very mean. When one day cash is being bad, Mack's dad throws the dog out of the house. The dog is lost and alone and feels sad. Will she ever find cash again?
E. Adrian
Spoilers: Ok, this is a difficult review to write. While I think Lee conveyed the dog and his boy's relationship beautifully I couldn't get through more than half the book. Maybe I'm just sensitive because I own two rescues (one is a pit bull), but when the dad kicks the dog and throws it in the trunk and dumps it in the forest, I couldn't handle it. So I took a break from the book for a few days. Then when I tried to continue reading, I got to the part where those boys want to steal the dog to ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Lls rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe shouldn't even be a "book read" short.....a book for young adults touching on the dog fighting world, and what makes dogs mean....I read it for my son, to ensure it wasn't too graphic before he read it. Excellent, it did a great job of introducing the issues without too much detail.
Stephanie Hodkinson
It's no secret to my students that I hate dogs. And yet I can't resist a sweet dog story! I was pulling for Cash to make her way back to her boy, I admit it, and yet I am still petrified of pit bulls. This author has an obvious bias, and that's ok, it's her story.
Kath Ann
A touching story about the love between 11 year old Makenzie and Cash, the pit bull puppy his dad wins in a gambling bet. It covers subjects such as neglect, alcoholism, animal cruelty and a timely fear of certain breeds of dogs. Graphic in some places, endearing, sad, but ultimately it has much redeeming value and a happy ending. The author portrays most things realistically (except perhaps the relationship between a stray tom cat and a dog!). Even though those things might be a bit hard to re ...more
Nov 07, 2008 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mackenzie and Cash were the best of friends. Mackenzie’s Dad had brought the little runt home for the boy. From that moment on the two were inseparable.

People in the neighborhood were afraid of Cash. Even though he was gentle and smart, everyone just saw that he was a pit bull. In fact, the city was in the process of banning pit bulls saying that they were unsuitable as pets and dangerous.

One day, Mackenzie’s Dad did the unthinkable. He took Cash away and just dumped him. Mackenzie was devasta
Perhaps not the greatest literature, but it's a heartwarming story for anyone who loves dogs. Recommended to me by my dog-loving 10-year-old daughter!
Karen Arendt
May 17, 2012 Karen Arendt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, adventure
I didn't think I would like this story because I thought the dog would not fare well. Pit bulls have long been considered dangerous dogs because they are used for fighting. The town in the story considered banning pit bulls. A boy named MacKenzie gets a pit bull that his abusive father won in a poker game. Mackenzie loves the dog, but when the dog bites the dad, the dad gets rid of the dog in a fit of anger. The dog learns to survive on his own and even manages to make a difference in others' li ...more
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Ingrid grew up in East York, and then moved to a northern Toronto suburb. As a young girl, she was very quiet, and she loved to read. She wanted to be like her hero, Madame Curie, so she studied very hard when she wasn't reading.

When she grew up, Ingrid became a teacher. She taught classes and designed curriculum plans for the Board of Education. While she wrote lesson plans and watched her own ch
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